Turkish Consortium to sign pact with HSL to build Indian Navy Fleet Support Ships

In a major boost to develop Indian Navy, Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HAL), a Ministry of Defence Enterprise, will sign a contract with a consortium formed by five leading shipyards in Turkey for technical collaboration to construct five Fleet Support Ships worth more than USD2.31 billion. As per the latest development, the Turkish conglomeration named TAIS and HSL will roll out the first ship in four years. The project will give a big fillip to the MSME sector. All the five ships will be built in Visakhapatnam, The steel cutting is expected by end of 2020.

HSL CMD Rear Admiral (retired) L.V. Sarat Babu and a delegation from Turkey exchanging documents for Fleet Support Ship project in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
HSL CMD Rear Admiral (retired) L.V. Sarat Babu and a delegation from Turkey exchanging documents for Fleet Support Ship project in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Anadolu Shipyard, the lead member of TAIS with more than 30 years of experience will offer support to HSL for designing and building the Fleet Support Ships. Each ship will have a displacement capacity of 45,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage). As part of the deal, the ‘know-how and know-why’ will be transferred to HSL. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is a shipyard located in Visakhapatnam on the east coast of India. HSL had built over 180 vessels till now and repaired almost 2000 ships. It builds bulk carriers, offshore patrol vessels, survey ships, drill ships, offshore platforms and repair and support vessels.

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